Moving Connections

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Moving Connections, a wellness program of Verb Ballets, is a movement workshop designed for the senior community to encourage creativity, engage social interaction and deepen an appreciation of the arts through the joy of movement. Moving Connections is led by professionally trained dancers and movement experts to help seniors develop flexibility, increase breath, exercise concentration that connects mind to body and increase cognitive function. The program is designed for all ability levels and can be done while seated. Verb Ballets has expanded the movement program to a tri-county area in Ohio. The program provides seniors with an opportunity to observe and experience new ways of moving, regardless of personal limitations. It has been particularly helpful in building community and in giving Alzheimer's patients a new avenue for connecting with others. The program has been featured in The Plain Dealer as an excellent example of how local dance companies are reaching out to the community. Click here to download a flyer about the program.
To discuss how Moving Connections fits with your organization call Desmond Davis Education + Outreach Coordinator at 216-397-3757 or email.
Moving Connections Team
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Desmond L. Davis is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, who holds a B.A. in Dance and Theatre from Kenyon College. He has been on the local dance scene performing, choreographing and teaching for over 20 years and currently in dual roles serves as Verb Ballets Education and Outreach Coordinator and as Independent Outreach Instructor at Hiram College and John Carroll University.     
As one of six original founding members of Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theatre (CCDT) from 1999-2007 under Michael Medcalf, he performed the works of Kris World, Dianne McIntyre, Gary Abbott, Shapiro & Smith, Peter Kalivas (PGK Project), Antonio Sisk and David Rousseve and has appeared on Playhouse Square, Cleveland Public Theatre, Tri-C and Cain Park stages, performing with other local.  He now performs as a member of Antaeus Dance under the Executive and Artistic direction of CWRU graduate, Joan Meggitt.  
Desmond has taught modern, contemporary, social and creative movement for pre-school to adult in studios and theatres and has worked with special populations, such as the Academic Fun & Fitness camp at Lakeland Community College for kids in the autism spectrum and for the Parkinson’s community at the Mandel Jewish Community Center and University Hospitals Parkinson’s Boot Camp in Akron and Cleveland (2013 & 2014).
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Ginnette Adams graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in dance in 2004 from the Honors Program at the University of Akron. While in college, she studied ballet, jazz, tap, and modern under former members of the Pennsylvania Ballet, Ohio Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company and the Jennifer Muller/The Works Dance Company. She performed with the University of Akron Dance Company and in multiple Choreographers’ Workshops and was a member of the Touring Ensemble – a group that designs and choreographs a show then presents it to local public schools to promote dance awareness. Along with her dance background, she trained and competed in gymnastics for many years through the USA Gymnastics program. Nettie began teaching at StarMaker Performing Arts Center in Norton, Ohio in 2002, and has been working with students ages 2-adult helping them to develop their love and passion for dance.
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Katie Gnagy Crosby is originally from North Carolina where she received her training at the North Carolina School of the Arts.  While there, she trained and performed under the direction of Nina Danilova, Warren Conover and Melissa Hayden.  After graduating from high school, Crosby moved to New York, and in 2005 received her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Purchase College Conservatory of Dance.  She also trained and performed with Ballet Contemporaneo de Burgos, Spain, for two summers under the leadership of Kazuko Hirabayashi.  Crosby debuted with Verb Ballets in the summer of 2005.  She has now transitioned to other education and production roles with Verb since the birth of her daughter in 2013 and son in 2014.  Crosby is also teaching ballet at The Dancers' Studio at Oberlin.
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Antwon Duncan is a Cleveland native and has had a myriad of opportunities to share and hone his talent. Antwon received a BA in Dance from the University of Akron where he was a three time recipient of the dancer of the year award. Once launching into his professional career he performed regionally in several shows including Plato in Cats  and Larry in A Chorus Line. Shifting from musical theatre Antwon focused on concert dance where he danced with Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theater and Verb Ballets. He also had the wonderful opportunity to dance for Stilletto Entertainment on Holland America Cruise Lines. After deciding to focus primarily on teaching, he has been seen at many studios on staff and doing master classes some of which include Lisa's School of Dance, Martell School of Dance, the DNA of Dance, and Starmaker Performing Arts Center. Antwon is the proud Artistic Director of Constellations Performing Arts Company, an organization committed to providing aspiring artist with the necessary tools, knowledge, and experience to pair with their training to increase their success in the arts. Truly ecstatic to be the JSA artist in resident this year, he has a wonderful time working alongside of the staff helping shape the artists in the program.
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Anna Roberts holds a BFA in dance from the University of Akron.  She has danced with Dancing Wheels and Verb Ballets.  While with Verb she had the privilege of performing works by Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, David Parsons, Ulysses Dove, Heinz Poll, and Sean Curran.  In 2000, Anna received her Pilates certification through JL Body Conditioning.  She currently teaches ballet and Pilates at the Beck Center in Lakewood, Ohio.  

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Verb Ballets, a contemporary ballet company, presents dynamic programming through bold artistry, unique styles and technical excellence that captivates a broad audience. Under the direction of Dr. Margaret Carlson, Producing Artistic Director and Richard Dickinson, MFA, Associate Director, the company will present a season that ignites passion in the energy, beauty and athleticism of dance.

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